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A Shat who witnessed the fight rushed to the court of
Matla Ananta, and announced to him the news of victory in
a verse :

" Oh ! Matla Ananta, the victorious in battle, Oh I Prince
of cultured men, you who have mounted upon the bullock
(basava), Basavana Boya, are indeed, Siva-, and the Velaraas
have all becuine grass (to be grazed by your mount) ".

Ananta who was pleased with the Bhafs eulogy gave
him some present.

The Velugoti chiefs, however, returned, with another
army, and surrounded the fort of Vogtir. Matla Tiruvengala-
natha fled from the fort under the cover of night. The forces
of the enemy fired their guns on the fort next day ; but receiv-
ing no response they entered it and razed it to the ground.

Kaifiytt of PatfapurSvi t L. , 5, pp. 15-16.
236.   MATLA KUMARA ANANTA.

SUMMARY.

Whenever Kumara Ananta set out on an expedition of
conquest, the shepherds and merchants begged him to excuse
them because the former could not afford to pay him grazing
tax and the latter the tax on salt.

t Canto 1.

237.   RAMADEVARAYA : LAST DAYS OF MATLA CHIEFS.
SUMMARY.
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Then, in S. S. 1541 Siddharthi, three Muhammadan
officers of Yadal Khan Badshah called Abdul Hussain, Abdul
Muhammad and Abdul Wahab, came with an army and laid
siege to the fort of Kandantlr (Kandanavolu). Gropalaraja, the
ruler of the fort, appealed to Matla Tiruvengalanatha for help.
As it was considered the duty of a king to go to the rescue
of others seeking his help, Tiruvengalanatha reposed the
burden of the kingdom on the shoulders of his son, Kumara
Auantaraja, and having marched with his army to Kanda-
Wvolu, made himaelf ready for offering battle to the